Nicholas Hlobo

Balindile I

2012

Not on display

Artist
Nicholas Hlobo born 1975
Medium
Rubber inner tubes, steel, hosepipes and ribbon
Dimensions
Overall display dimensions variable
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the 2012 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2013
Reference
T13737

Display caption

Balindile I is titled in Hlobo’s native language Xhosa, a Nguni language widely spoken in South Africa. Translated as ‘those in waiting’, it refers to the black rubber form that appears to be rising up, in a state of limbo. The rubber is from the inner tube of a car tyre, gathered from repair shops in Johannesburg. The hosepipe appears to be acting as a tether, limiting movement. It could also represent an umbilical cord, signifying growth and possibility.

Gallery label, August 2019

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